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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

When is the Last Time You Saw a Snake?

I am afraid of my own shadow. Amongst other things such as bees and heights, I don't think I fear anything too out of the ordinary. I'm positive if I were to see a snake, I would at least take a good sized step back. I don't like snakes, and would say I am afraid of them, but how often does one come in contact with a snake? It is one of the most common answers to explaining one's fears, yet I don't know when these people actually see a snake. I guess it would be different to fear them, and they probably feel it on a different scale.

During this semester, we learned about exposure therapy. Exposing the fearful individual to the object or situation that worries them. An example used was spiders. Showing a large picture of a spider, having a fake spider, and even a real spider for the sufferer to touch. I am afraid of spiders, but I honestly do not see how being unafraid of them could benefit me whatsoever. Sure, running down the street at the mere possibility of a piece of fuzz moving may be a little excessive, but I would rather do that than touch one. Ever.

5 comments:

Carl said...

There are a lot of people on this planet who fear things they may never actually come into contact with. Frankly I think they're more afraid of what might happen than of what actually happens. They see a bogey man everywhere. What a terribly way to live your life.

Cecilia Sherrard said...

I'm afraid of tv's that aren't HD...

Horrible problem.

Grandy said...

I saw a couple of episodes of Maury where they had people "face their fears". It can be a scary thing.

Debbie said...

I had a horrific experience with snakes when I was young. On a school supervised camping trip, the boys thought it would be funny to slip a black racer into my sleeping bag, after an earlier encounter with a rattle snake. I became so terrified of snakes that I couldn't bear to even see pictures of them. I used hypnosis and exposure therapy to overcome the fear. I now can and have held snakes. I still don't care to own one as a pet, however.

DeadRooster said...

It just so happens I saw a snake yesterday morning. It was PINK! I've never seen anything like it before. Beautiful.